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Investing in the Garage Door

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Garage doors have come a long way. For decades they simply stood sentinel to welcome vehicles and hide our belongings. Today, 71% of families use the garage as the primary entrance to the home, and the role of the door has changed. Now we see design innovation and manufacturing excellence furnishing garages with absolute beauty and supreme function. At Fimbel ADS we are committed to carrying forth the quality and craftsmanship our great-grandfather built our family business upon while blending in the marvels of today's manufacturing capabilities. You will not find a more beautiful or durable door in the market, and we are sure it will only bring satisfaction to your life.

As summer moves toward fall, and we embrace the chills of autumn, making sure the garage is efficient, secure, and safe should be on the honey-do list. For some garages it may be a simple repair or tweek, but rest assured when you replace your door with a quality, high end door, it will be worth it's weight in gold! "Compared with 22 other common home-improvement projects, an upscale garage door replacement offers one of the biggest bangs for your buck and costs much less than many other home improvement projects" according to the Remodeling Magazine's 2021 Cost vs. Value Report. Coming in at #1 with a 93.8% ROI at resale, the garage clearly deserves some attention! 

Before and After: Roaring Twenties Series - Charleston RT12S with custom Faux Stain Factory Finish.

Whether you are building (or rebuilding) your dream home, we want to help enhance your curb appeal, ensure sustainability and energy efficiency, and allow for a low-maintenance lifestyle. With a Fimbel door you can count on more!

The most obvious reason to replace your garage door is to improve the curb appeal of the home. The term applies to the aesthetic appeal of a residential or commercial building as perceived from the street, and it was made popular in the 90's with the release of HGTV's show "Curb Appeal". As you may know, the entry door of most homes only constitutes 8% of the home's frontage while the garage door often consumes 30%, we can see the potential for impact with a new door. With the impressive ROI, utilizing the capabilities we offer through our manufacturing as well as additional options such as finishing and hardware, updating the garage door is a slam dunk! To learn more about designing like an architect, please enjoy the attached blog post where we take you through the process!

Make it Matter:

Your choice today in a quality garage door will impact you for years to come. Not only is the style and design of the door critical to the overall appearance of the home, the longevity of the door, the durability of the door, and the reputation of the manufacturer matter. We have been manufacturing doors since 1924, and we know that the right door with basic, annual maintenance will lead to satisfaction and efficiency for the long haul.

Choosing the right material is critical. Our doors are manufactured with materials that will last. Regardless of geographic location, Fimbel doors offer energy efficacy and durability no matter the proximity to water, snow, or high winds. Whether you choose the American Legends or the Estate Collection, all Fimbel doors are designed to last from the construction to the materials we have chosen because your satisfaction is our goal!

Before and After: American Legends Series - Vanderbilt LV12S with Traditional top.

Make it Your Own:

First choose your style. While there are many, many design options available in our lineup, there are three basic styles of garage doors in our industry: Traditional, Carriage, and Modern.

Traditional garage doors represent the designs of the second half of the 1900's using raised panel and recessed panel designs. Carriage style garage doors will have an overlay look representative of the doors used on barns for a timeless look. Finally, Modern style garage doors can run the gamut but often have clean lines, smooth surfaces, and interesting windows. 

American Legends Recessed Panel; American Legends Carriage Style; Euro-Dor Series Modern.

With Fimbel ADS we can accommodate any of the design styles you desire. Our doors have the sought after look of painted wood without the maintenance. Our Euro, Presidential, and Roaring Twenties series give you the liberty to design to your heart's delight. Our American Legends series comes not only in the classic carriage style but also recessed panel and modern while offering customizations!

Our finishing options give way for your design to take flight with a standard color, custom color, or hand applied faux stain of your choice. Using sustainable paint products and proprietary application processes, our finish will last and bring peace of mind. To find out more about our finishing options, here's another blog post to help paint the full picture for you!

Finishing color and stain options.

Color isn't the only way to make a Fimbel door your own. We offer you the opportunity to design your door down to the smallest detail. Whether you want to customize the top section to allow for more or less light, or you want to redesign the top section completely to incorporate scrollwork or a custom design, we have the options for you.

Another way to make it your own is to add decorative hardware to the face of the door. To simplify the installation and application of the add-on features, we can customize our rails and designs to accommodate their size and even pre drill the holes to guarantee a polished final look. To complete the package for the hardware, you have the option to powder coat the track system in virtually any color though we like clean white and solid black!

Make it Smarter:

Our organization hangs our hat on safety and quality not only in how we make our product, and we want you to feel the benefits of that. Fimbel doors are manufactured to be safety first. You, your family, your home, and your belongings will rest safely behind our door. Our doors are engineered for durability! We know that poorly fitted doors are not only unsightly but also allow unwanted openings. Since we can match nearly any opening, weather, burglars, and bugs will not have access to your home through the garage door!

Fimbel doors offer you a low-maintenance lifestyle. The clean appearance of the door should last for years to come with a gentle clean with mild soap and water. No harsh abrasives or undue elbow grease necessary. This aspect may be overlooked, but when we consider the supply chain for cleaning products, the effort to implement the cleaning, and the residual waste moving into the earth, we see our processes make way for sustainability. 

Before and After: Roaring Twenties Series - Hartford RT11A with Traditional Top.

Another way that we encourage sustainability is in the benefits you will feel toward energy efficiency! To get a basic idea, the older the door the more likely it is that money is seeping out through it. Our doors are made with insulation that is laminated and completely fill the cavity inside the door to keep air from moving around and through the door. A well-insulated door will reduce energy costs as well as maintain temperatures set in the garage. We want to help you keep cool air in during the summer and cold air out during the winter!

One of the longest lasting aspects of our doors is the contribution made upon purchase. For every door we sell, we work with our partners at One Tree Planted to plant a tree on your behalf. We know the resources generously given my Mother Nature need replenishing, and we want to pay it forward!

To back this beautiful, energy efficient, and low-maintenance lifestyle, we offer you a robust warranty that will satisfy! Regardless of your geographical location, we offer a warranty for our products coast to coast and proudly stand behind our warranty.

Make it a Fimbel:

Don't compromise aesthetic appeal for practical needs - you can have it all with a Fimbel door. With our designs, you can find the right door to offer you more. If energy efficiency is what you are after, we have you covered. If your geographic location is limiting your choices, we have you covered. If you are driven by value and longevity, we have you covered. Or if you simply want to make your neighbors jealous, we've got that, too! We are here to provide the door to support your lifestyle and desires – no matter your opening or aspiration, we have you covered!

Find a dealer near you by using our dealer locator! 

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Top That!

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They say windows are the eyes to your soul, and we believe they are also the highlight of many garage door projects! Add curb appeal to your home by choosing the right window design, placement, and size for your desire! From the big, beautiful windows of classic American carriage house doors to the geometrically shaped and varied placement of modern doors to personalization for you alone, all Fimbel window sections offer unmatched beauty and durability.

Before we get into what you will find in a window section of a Fimbel door, let's take a look at what you may be surprised not to find:

  • You will not find plastic inserts creating the design.
  • You will not find seams and cracks separating overtime through age and use where the design has been pieced together.
  • You will not find limitations in the size for the width or the height or the corners or the arch or the arches or virtually any other design feature you desire.


What you will NOT find makes your life more durable and more beautiful!

Presidential Series - Adams PR11S Trifold design.

Where many others use window inserts or have to joint the pieces together, our tops are made of solid, one-piece material. This means the entire face of the window section is one quality sheet of carved material to provide the highest quality and customization available.

Value

In the recently published Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine, Garage Door replacement sits at #1 with a whopping 93.8% Return on Investment at resale! Whoa! It is clear that curb appeal is greatly enhanced with a quality garage door!

One way to increase curb appeal is by adding a top section to make the door more inviting. Since 71% of American use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home, we proudly offer a warm invite with the nearly unlimited customization as well as beauty and durability of our top sections! 

Presidential Series - Lincoln PR12 with custom lites.

 What sets us apart

Others find themselves limited in their window design options, while we have crafted ourselves to be nearly limitless. Because of the single sheet application we can provide nearly any window configuration and design without inserts. The patented construction of Fimbel doors allows for either larger or smaller window options and are available in 1" height increments (all series) and 1" width increments (excludes the American Legends which offers 3" width increments) for greater flexibility.

The precision fit machining of the Estate Collection allows for a tight seam between the top section and the section below. Where others may have a rounded edge all of our doors with meeting rails will have a precise clean fit.

All of the sections of our doors including the top section provide you with a low maintenance lifestyle. Through basic cleaning and annual cleaning practices can keep the exterior looking smooth and clean, maintaining the cleanliness of the glass, gives the whole door a shine and the appearance of brand new.

Euro-Dor Series - Euro Raised Panel with Sunray top design.

Get Creative with our Construction

Using patented processes we blend old school craftsmanship with new-school innovations to offer you more in your garage door! You can choose from either the Traditional or Euro style top (shown below) as well as a C-profile or a V-profile (shown below) to complement the details of your home! While we offer a vast library of standard designs from carriage to traditional to modern, we don't stop there!

To truly make this your own, custom designs and arches are available in nearly any configuration of simulated divided lites, but we also invite you to explore our options for scroll tops, architectural designs, and unique window options. You can further make it your own by choosing specialty glass for your door! As you can see from the variety of samples shown below, if you can dream it, we can make it! 

C-grille profile has a rounded design and the V-grille profile has a sharp design.
Traditional style and Euro style tops are available; various design options.

Take a peak!

Depending on the style of your home and door, windows can truly add to the look of a home's overall appearance whether it's at the beach, the suburbs, or the mountains! Take a journey to get an idea of what's available for you!

One with an arch top and 16 lites (left) speaks to the traditional appearance of the home. The other (right), with the complementary transom with rectangular lites, shines with a modern edge. These two literally live beside each other, are built from the same model door, and have been individually selected to complete the varied appearance of the exteriors. Imagine how this style could complement your home with the right design! 

Euro-Dor Series - EU505-Athens (left) with 32” Euro top (16 lites) and EU504-Brussels (right) with 26” Custom top (2 lites).

At Fimbel ADS, much like at Burger King, you can have it 'your way'! We pride ourselves on offering you more in your garage door, and want to inspire you to think beyond the traditional and carriage style designs of many doors today and explore a door with a modern twist!

Euro-Dor Series - Modern Style with staggered lites and custom glass.

Typically window sections will be designed and installed at the top of the door, but there is no limit to where you can add the windows or the window section! In the image below, the double window section adds to the farmhouse feel of the home!

Euro-Dor Series - Santorini EU18S with double window section with custom lites.

To spruce up the interior and bring in the appearance of true divided lights, we offer an interior grille insert (grille is the technical name for the narrow stips that create the panes of a window). Don't be fooled though, this is not a plastic insert pieced together to complement your design. The same quality of the exterior, visible grille and whatever design and configuration you've chosen, can be replicated on the interior of your Fimbel Door. This small upgrade finishes off the door with a clean, high-end look.

Roaring Twenties Series - interior grille inserts.

Remember that 'single sheet' construction we mentioned earlier? Here's one area we allow it to shine! Using the same process used to create the standard window designs, we can carve intricate scrollwork (and more) into the design. Using a two-tone paint application, we can then make it look like wrought iron for an elegant and timeless look.

Presidential Series - Roosevelt PR13A with two tone paint and custom scrollwork.

We love to honor history and the incredible evolution of architecture over time, so preserving history through restorations makes our hearts swell. But we know those projects can often have unique openings and demands from local historic preservation organizations. For this we are able to customize the size of the door as well as any arches or designs. Custom and elliptical arches are available as well as Colonial corners and so much more! 

American Legends Series - McCormick LV15A with custom top.
Roaring Twenties Series - Detroit RT11S with Traditional style top and custom arches.

Not only does a window section add to the overall design of the door, adding this element will add natural light to your garage!

American Legends Series interior.

Insulated Glass Package:

With options for an insulated glass package you can avoid condensation and other unsightly results when combining a heated or temperature controlled garage with insulated glass. This package will add a more robust set of interior hardware to accommodate the weight of the insulated glass itself, but we can engineer our way around anything and make sure your door functions as it should. For more information, you can catch up on the conversation by reading our Condensation Blog.

With this package you can improve energy efficiency and avoid condensation as well as keep heat in during the winter and keep heat out during warmer temperatures. Managing the temperature of your garage reduces the demands on your home's heating system and finances. 

Euro-Dor Series - Athens EU505 with custom arch top and faux stain.

Here's what NOT to do:

Brace yourselves - the following images may be upsetting to anyone who loves garage doors the way we do. Each of these projects could be properly designed to complement the opening rather than simply closing it, and we have the solutions to do just that at Fimbel ADS.

This first example is just all wrong. The American Legends doors were made as they were ordered, but the options to make it right were not addressed.

  1. Note that the doors are even with one another - the driveways are at different elevations. This small impact shows the difference in the reveal (the exposed material) at the top. We could have addressed this issue by adjusting the size of each section to keep the sections like up and the reveal at the top even with the other.
  2. Note that the corners of the window section are covered by the opening's Colonial Corner design (sometimes referred to as clipped, Dutch, or chamfered corner). This issue is seen all too often and can be easily addressed by sending us the measurements to complement the opening. 

In our experience over the last (almost) 100 years in the industry, we believe that custom openings deserve custom arches. As seen in this image, the custom arch of the opening is not the same as the standard arch we offer. Do you see the difference in the reveal from the middle to the sides? This could have been easily addressed with a few basic measurements. We believe your home deserves the best. That is all…

And one more with the arch issue mentioned above. This project has a custom 'salmon' color factory finish to complement the bronze details around the home's architecture; however, the ample reveal in the middle is in contrast to the lack of reveal at the corners. This small aspect detracts from the quality that surrounds the detail.

Let's do it!

You will not find a more durable, customizable, and sustainable door in the garage door industry.Using our one piece construction method to eliminate the gaps at joints and unsightly plastic inserts of other door models, our interior grille option enhances the character and depth of the top section!

We pride ourselves on the ability to offer you solutions! We offer everything from

creative designs to funky features to matching uneven floors and odd heights and widths. Whether it is aligning with the requests of the local historical society, fulfilling a technical

or design challenge, or simply satisfying a whim, we are enthusiastic about taking on your vision and building to your one-of-a-kind requirements!

Find a dealer by visiting our dealer locator and let's get started on your perfect door! 

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Seaside Victorian Cottage: This Old House

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For those keen on preserving history, this blog is for you! The iconic show, This Old House, recently completed a project with Sweenor Builders in Narragansett, Rhode Island. They set out to revive an adorable - albeit dilapidated - seaside home with the intention of matching 'the existing structure without overpowering it" while incorporating today's modern innovations with the integrity of the original architecture. This project requirement led them straight to a set of Fimbel American Legends for the prominent garage door openings.

History Meets Today:

In many historic towns, such as Narragansett, the desire to preserve the image and integrity of the rich history means rigorous expectations are set to uphold the features. We find time and again that our doors meet the character, the appearance, and the sustainability demanded of these organizations. With the look of painted wood, the simulated divided lites, the ability to build in 1" height and width increments to accommodate awkward openings, and the opportunity to customize to meet design and historic desires allows our doors to make the cut. 

The follow information is from Narragansett's Historic Preservation Standards and Guidelines which will show a solid example of the requirements to meet historic expectations:

  • Respect the original historical design character of the building and its setting. Don't try to make the building appear older (or younger) in architectural style than it really is. Above all, the genuine (authentic) heritage of Narragansett should be expressed; not an imagined history.
  • Research the building to determine which elements are essential to its character. Preserve features in your work plan.
  • Retain and provide protection and maintenance of historic features that survive in generally good condition.
  • Repair historic materials and features that are deteriorated.
  • Replace historic materials and features with new materials in-kind where deterioration is so extensive that repair is not possible.

Upon seeing these expectations, it is no wonder Fimbel doors are a premier choice for historic renovation projects!

The Seaside Victorian Cottage:

In Season 42 of This Old House, The Seaside Victorian Cottage built in 1887 when Narragansett first surged in popularity as a summer resort is a "three-bedroom, one-bathroom Queen Anne Victorian in the heart of Narragansett, Rhode Island sits on a corner lot, steps from the beach. It is in poor condition with rot, deterioration, and structural damage. The design will replicate the exterior architectural details, such as the curved shingles and the "rising sun" patterned clapboards, as well as improve the foundation and footings, fix and expand the deteriorating porch, and replace the rotting roof."

More than a century later, and after having been abandoned for a few years, the home sat prominently along one of Narragansett's main thoroughfares in severely poor condition. The original structure (the left side of the final result) has been preserved and enhanced, and the new garage add-on with the master suite is on the right. The middle of the home is joined by a mudroom, bathroom, and hallway. With consideration for yesterday, this home now satisfies all the needs of today's family.

Sweenor Builders, lead by Jeff Sweenor, has completed four projects with the This Old House brand, and each one demonstrates talent, creativity, and respect for the craft. The Seaside Victorian home was now exception. They took on this renovation by holding true to their mission:

Since 1989, it has been our mission to make custom home design and construction, an experience that our clients enjoy. With a genuine enthusiasm for what do, we apply in- depth building and design experience to ensure you a rewarding and personalized process from start to finish. This is what sets us apart — shapes our values, and the way we do business.

As a team, they designed a home that "will replicate the exterior architectural details such as the curved shingles and the "rising sun" patterned clapboards, preserve all the windows, improve the foundation and footings, fix and expand the deteriorating porch, and replace the rotting roof. A new addition that includes a two-car garage and mudroom on the first floor and a master suite on the second floor will match the existing structure without overpowering it."

More in a Garage Door:

The alignment of this project, with it's respect for the history and the design, brings us right to the garage doors used to complete the facade.We set out to elevate the garage door industry from just fine to fabulous (while still affordable), and we made that happen with the American Legends series: The first classic carriage style door made with vinyl clad steel and solid overlays. In the late 90's and early 80's, we saw the market lacked a true carriage door with the classic big windows and the sturdy overlay look, and we had the innovation and the experience to make it happen. This series offers all the appeal of a painted wood door, but the longevity, cost, and low-maintenance appeal for the needs of any home and homeowner!

Other manufacturers in the industry came close, but with the lumpy, embossed wood-grain texture, the plastic window inserts, and the weak construction, the end look lacked the quality and accuracy of a historic carriage style door. We saw this, and we stepped it up knowing homeowners and historical societies alike would respond with delight!

Using a vinyl-coated steel pan and applying composite overlays to create a classic wood door look, this Series lives everywhere - even near the ocean without rotting and rusting. Adding our smooth, solid overlays made of sustainable material separates us from the competition's fake wood grain. With customizable top designs in 1" height increments, we offer you more. The American Legends Series was engineered for longevity and designed for beauty at a price point sure to please.

To read more about our American Legends Series used on the Seaside Victorian Cottage restoration by Sweenor Builders and This Old House, please enjoy this blog!

To find a dealer near you ang get started on your perfect garage door, please visit our Dealer Locator!

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What’s Brewing Behind your Garage Door

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Just like taste in music, the way we typically use our garage is unique to each household. Some garages are super organized for maximum use, and others are really full of toys and tools and tubs for storage while some are hubs of productivity. Either way, we know that the word garage comes from the French word "Garer" which means to shelter, and however you choose to use the space, your garage doors should shelter you, your family, and your home.

This often underappreciated space takes on a variety of uses, but employing its best use is more important today than ever as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and associated quarantines. Capitalizing on our available square-footage has become critical! Though you may need to amend your electric and insulation for some desired uses, you can gain more satisfaction with a little prioritization and consideration of how you will enjoy your garage.

We appreciate that old adage that "creativity is often born of constraint", and today we have to be more clever and efficient than before, so let's take a look at how to make the most of your space.

First: Consider your Lifestyle

How do you use it today, and how would you like to use it tomorrow? Often times we take for granted this space as simply the place to park a car (if there is room) and hide our stuff. At Fimbel ADS, we challenge this thinking and ask you to visualize what you wish the space could be! In all forms of continuous improvement, which is how we operate, a clear vision based on goals and values is always the first place to start.

  • Is your family growing as you welcome more children? Or are you facing the opportunity of an empty nest to reclaim the garage?
  • Have you aspired to bring new hobbies or side-hustles to your daily routine?
  • Do you need to escape to a garage based 'man cave' or 'she shed'?
  • Or do you simply need it to bring more function to a chaotic lifestyle?

Answering these questions should point you to a few ideas, but if you need to get the thinking-gears-a-turnin', there are some suggestions below to inspire you.

Next: Get Organized

Consider a few things as you get started. What is working well today and what proves to be a nuisance? Start by assessing the current use of the space and availability for change. Be sure there is space for safety and comfort. Establishing a value system is key. Unless you're considering a renovation, the space is fixed in its capacity and may not accommodate all of the aspirations you hold. But understanding what brings the most satisfaction will help make the best decision for your unique situation. While some people love to keep the garbage bin right by the door for easy access others would be appalled and choose to keep any aromas farther away though adding additional effort to the regular chore. Life is all about decisions, creativity, and preparation!

Some ideas for unique and effective ways to use your garage are listed below, but be sure to apply your own spin and make it your own!

  • Storage: Consider the methods you will use for safe and repeatable storage: racks, bins, labels (Oh...how I love my label maker), zones, color coding, and more! Check out our Pinterest page for more organization ideas!
  • Workshop: Consider the right workbench, tools, electrical availability, lighting, and storage to all your craftsmanship to shine!
  • Entertainment: Consider the electrical needs for a home movie theater, the water and electric for a home bar, soundproofing for band practice or a performance, and don't forget the comfy seating!
  • Craft and Art Space: Consider your favorite hobbies and prepare for the organization, implementation, and cleanup to make crafting a breeze. Don't forget to account for necessary insulation and lighting to allow for year round creativity!
  • Greenhouse: Consider the climate of your desired horticultural endeavour and work with the lighting, electric, ventilation, and irrigation of your target!
  • Beer Brewing (or wine or spirits): Consider the climate control needed, the electrical needs, and the storage for your desired libations!

For example, if your vision has you aspiring to create a classroom to teach an art class, is it also reasonable to fit both cars in the garage? Will the space allow both cars to enter easily and move in and out of the doors unobstructed? If this is the case and the art class is the priority, a shift in focus may be needed. Perhaps one car may find its home outside of the garage during classes. Perhaps a protective coating is used on the floor to allow for easy cleanup of paint or dirt dripped from the cars. Perhaps using clever storage options such as rolling racks for easels and rolling carts for supplies provides enough agility to have it all effortlessly! Perhaps you really can have it all!

For many, this requires a purge of the stuff you keep. It may be hard to let go of keepsakes or old bikes, but establishing your garage as a functional space requires decluttering. You can read along with this blog we wrote on organizing your garage!

Make it Count:

You have made the decisions and done the work, so be sure the garage and the garage door support the lifestyle you have just built. After accommodating any insulation or electrical needs, be sure the garage door offers effortless maintenance, solid insulation, and lasting satisfaction.

Why Buy Fimbel:

Our organization hangs our hat on safety and quality not only in how we make our products, but we want you to feel the benefits of that. Fimbel doors are manufactured to be safety first. You, your family, your home, and yOur doors are engineered for durability! We know that poorly fitted doors are not only unsightly but also allow unwanted openings. Since we can match nearly any opening, weather, burglars, and bugs will not have access to your home through the garage door!

Fimbel doors offer you a low-maintenance lifestyle. The clean appearance of the door should last for years to come with a gentle clean with mild soap and water. No harsh abrasives or undue elbow grease necessary. This aspect may be overlooked, but when we consider the supply chain for cleaning products, the time and effort to implement the cleaning, and the residual waste moving into the earth, we see our processes make way for sustainability.

Another way that we encourage sustainability is in the benefits you will feel toward energy efficiency! To get a basic idea, the older the door the more likely it is that money is seeping out through it. Our doors are made with insulation that is laminated and completely fill the cavity inside the door to keep air from moving around and through the door. A well-insulated door will reduce energy costs as well as maintain temperatures set in the garage. We want to help you keep cool air in during the summer and cold air out during the winter!

One of the longest lasting aspects of our doors is the contribution made upon purchase. For every door we sell, we work with our partners at One Tree Planted to plant a tree on your behalf. We know the resources generously given my Mother Nature need replenishing, and we want to pay it forward!

All of this points to a Fimbel door where we have built a legacy and our lifestyle around your satisfaction. From the materials we choose to the culture we create to the operations that guide our practices, we want to bring you quality that endures. We run on solar and plant a tree for every door sold, so we know we are dedicated to making life work for all. All Fimbel products come fully insulated with offerings for insulated glass packages to help control temperature and noise.

Let us welcome you to a garage lifestyle that satisfies!

Find a dealer through our Dealer Locator to get started! 

For more tips and tricks, check out the gems in "The Ultimate Garage Storage Guide" our friends at Porch.com.

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Modern Design - Classic Construction

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Our family has manufactured garage doors for nearly a century, and we wouldn't be here today if not for the roots that ground us to quality and tradition as well as our ability to look ahead and employ innovation! In this way, we bring to the market garage doors that offer you more. Blending old-school craftsmanship with new-school mindsets, we offer a gamut of designs from carriage and traditional to custom and modern.

What are Modern Doors?

Modern architecture is defined as "a design language with an emphasis on form rather than ornament; structure and materials rather than picturesque constructions; and the rational and efficient use of space." While modern architecture has its roots in the 1890s, it became increasingly popular in the 1930s. For garage doors, this means the design captures the elements of contemporary architecture with clean, horizontal lines with mid-century appeal, sleek window shapes and configurations, and artsy complements.

At Fimbel ADS, much like at Burger King, you can have it 'your way'! We pride ourselves on offering you more in your garage door, and want to inspire you to think beyond the traditional and carriage style designs of many doors today and explore a door with a modern twist! 

Two Platforms with Many Directions:

Essentially, we make two products – two platforms - upon which you can design away regardless of your desire to select from traditional to modern! We offer the American Legends using a vinyl clad steel pan and applying vinyl overlays to create the look of a classic wood door. This door is exceptional for two main reasons - the first is the platform (pan) made of a smooth, steel base created for the elements that we coat (clad) in a thin layer of crisp, white vinyl. This innovation allows for the American Legends series to live nearly anywhere, even near the ocean, without rusting and rotting away in the elements. The second is the addition of our smooth, solid overlays made of sustainable material. Separating ourselves from the competition's fake wood grain completes the constructed look to appear as real, painted, traditional wood and follows the sleek lines of modern doors. Both features ensure the longevity our ethics demand of us, the look we all crave, and a price point sure to please. These doors are typically more aligned with traditional and carriage designs, but our Estate Collection makes way for your design aspirations to come to life!

The Estate Collection:

The Estate Collection, truly welcomes the designer in all of us to emerge with the blend between tradition and innovation. Using a hand placed wood frame and nesting in our insulation, we laminate a vinyl back cover and a solid vinyl exterior that encases the face. This slab now becomes a blank slate to bring you more for your door.

Using both ⅜" and ¾" material, Versatex for unfinished doors and Tricoya for finished doors, we have options to add select profiles, shapes, configurations, and nearly limitless designs to satisfy inspiration. These capabilities allow us to build the door in 1" height and width increments as well as modify the core frame to accommodate windows and designs. You will see these designs in our Euro-Dor and Presidential Series offering carriage, traditional, and modern styles. 

To get a better idea of the products we offer, follow this link to our product guide, but today, as we look ahead to the future, we eagerly offer you a glimpse into our modern offerings.

You won't find modern quite like this in many places! The architect, who built the structure with a nautical theme, curving fiberglass and masonry sides, along with a wall of glass facing the Long Island Sound, says he likes to think of it as a giant suspended wave. He wanted the durability of nature with the comforts of home, and its seashell-like strength was demonstrated during superstorm Sandy.

We found this article really helpful when looking into the details of this home! Enjoy this article from Newsday!

For this project, the homeowner wanted to replace the standard garage door with a modern complement to the home's architectural design. Using our Estate Collection platform, we reorganized the window layout and had a custom stain applied. The result is the look of individual planks of wood compiled into a four-section overhead door. 

While the design of the door is rather simple, the impact is gigantic. The consistency of the faux stain and the quality of the windows adds satisfaction that will last. 

What design element or architectural feature can we help you enhance?

More in a Garage Door

We don't hold back with the designs on our doors, so we can't hold back on the designs of our glass sections. Much like the sections described above, we use a solid sheet to create the face and contain the design. The one-piece grille with no joints or inserts and various profile options adds instant design appeal. In most of our doors we offer both large or small window options with custom designs, including window shape and placement, and custom arches available for your design needs.

Make it your own by choosing specialty glass for your garage door. With these options and many more, you can add style and details to your project while managing your privacy and the natural light you let in!

We are proud that our doors do more than bring beauty that lasts. They also support our mission for sustainability. Behind the smooth, high end look of wood, we use composite materials made from partners who value the earth as much as we do. Our doors are durable to stand the test of time as well as low-maintenance to add time to your lifestyle.

All Fimbel products are insulated and engineered for sustainability. The products and processes we design are done to serve you and Mother Earth. We run on solar and give back our extra to the grid. We also plant one tree for each and every door we sell to be sure that future generations can enjoy the bounty and breath of our forests.

Look ahead with Fimbel

For 95 years, our family has committed to the Legacy of the past and the hope for the future. We want our doors to bring you the same pride, so we offer a robust long-life warranty regardless of geography. We are proud to stand behind our products, and we are excited for you to experience the Fimbel difference. If you would like to request a sample sent right to your home, please follow this link to get connected! 

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